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Just 3 days before flying past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of Pluto's Charon-facing side. Every day reveals more detail on the mysterious, icy world, capturing the imagination of the world.
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New Horizons' Last Portrait of Pluto's Puzzling Spots
New Horizons views the darker spots - best look we'll get of that on this mission.
New Horizons' last look at Pluto's Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image, taken early the morning of July 11, 2015, shows newly-resolved linear features above the equatorial region that intersect, suggestive of polygonal shapes. This image was captured when the spacecraft was 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) from Pluto.
Saturn's Great White Spots are storms that can encircle the planet. Image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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A monster storm rages on planet Saturn
10 Awesome Things We Learned About Saturn in 2013 - Wired Science
A huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn's northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. This picture, captured on Feb. 25, 2011, was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began, and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot may get most of the attention, but it's hardly the only big weather event in the Solar System. Saturn, for example, has an odd hexagonal pattern in the clouds at its north pole, and when the planet tilted enough to illuminate it, the light revealed a giant hurricane embedded in the center of the hexagon. Scientists think the immense storm may have been there for years. Cassini captures gigantic hurricane on Saturn in exquisite detail | Ars Technica
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Stunning Images From Outer Space (18 pictures) | memolition
We have a whole basket of different views of the Sun at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, at the National Air and Space Museum. These images, from August 14, 2013, were taken with three different telescopes, and then warped into egg shapes and rotated. Follow the link for the original images.
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This image is just magnificent!!! Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this photo of the International Space Station as it passed in front of the Sun on March 20, 2015, right in the middle of a solar eclipse! What are the odds??
Black holes can't decide: their gravity pulls inward, but fierce winds push outward. This is a new joint discovery by NASA and ESA telescopes.
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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast out radiation and ultra-fast winds, as illustrated in this artist's conception. NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes show that these winds, containing highly ionised atoms, blow in a nearly spherical fashion. The artwork is based on an image of the Pinwheel galaxy (Messier 101) taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Supermassive black holes still hold a great deal of mystery. While they are commonly regarded as giant entities that gobble up all matter that comes too close, it has also been presumed that they kick out a considerable amount of x-ray wind, as well. The presence of this wind has been confirmed for the first time, and astronomers have even been able to decipher the shape of the wind. This discovery was made by the respective groups working for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope. The results were published in Science.
635605461112983175-15-021-nustarSpace lovers, we introduce you to galaxy PDS 456. It's a quasar — a young, bright galaxy that's powered by a supermassive black hole. According to NASA, it is more than 2 billion light-years away from Earth. Just how bright is this quasar, in a galaxy far, far away? Its mass is 12 times that of the sun, and it sustains winds that emit more energy per second than a trillion suns. USA Today
Hubble Sees A Smiling Lens | NASA
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Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015: Galaxy cluster SDSS J1038 4849 appears to have a big smile at the center of this Hubble Space Telescope image. A pair of bright galaxies make up the two orange "eyes," while the "smile" lines arc as a result of the effect of strong gravitational lensing. Galaxy clusters, as the most massive structures in the universe, exert a powerful gravitational pull that actually warps the spacetime around them, and act as cosmic lenses which bend the light coming from behind them. This phenomenon was predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity. In this instance, a ring known as an "Einstein Ring" occurs from the exact alignment of source, lens, and observer, creating the ring-like structure making the smiley face. Image released Feb. 9, 2015. [Read full story.] %u2014 Tom Chao
‘Smiley face’ spotted in space Hubble telescope captures celestial emoji - It looks like the galaxy is smiling down on us. An image taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 appears to show a “happy face,” replete with two orange eyes, a white button nose and a smiling expression. According to NASA, the smile lines “are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing:
Cosmic jaw-droppers! Smithsonian Magazine's picks for best space images of the week include this artist's rendition of a huge ring system, including gaps, around a giant exoplanet. Credit: Ron Miller.
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Astronomical discovery: 'Super Saturn' with rings 200 times as large ¤ Using powerful optics, they have found a much larger planet-like body, J1407b, with rings 200 times the size of Saturn's, U.S. and Dutch astronomers said. It lies some 400 light-years away from Earth. For decades, scientists have believed that many moons around large planets formed out of such ring systems. But this is the first one astronomers have observed outside of our solar system, they said...
Astronomy first: 'Super Saturn' rings! In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous Saturn's gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first. Using powerful optics, they have found a much larger planet-like body, J1407b, with rings 200 times the size of Saturn's, U.S. and Dutch astronomers said. It lies some 400 light-years away from Earth.
Huge distant planet has rings 200 times larger than Saturn’s...Artist’s conception of the extrasolar ring system circling the young giant planet or brown dwarf J1407b. The rings are shown eclipsing the young sun-like star J1407, as they would have appeared in early 2007. Image credit: Ron Miller
#Space #J1407b Exoplanet With Gigantic Rings 200 Times Bigger than #Saturn's Discovered | IFLScience
"Will the real monster black hole please stand up?" This image from NASA's NuSTAR reveals that in the colliding galaxy pair Arp 299, only one of the galaxies’ supermassive black holes is actively “feeding” on gas. In the center panel, the NuSTAR high-energy X-ray data appear in various colors overlaid on a visible-light image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The panel on the left shows the NuSTAR data alone, while the visible-light image is on the far right. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC
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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/9/15 — The Monster Black Holes of Arp 299 Called Arp 299, these interacting galaxies — separately known as IC 694 and NGC 3690 — lurk about 134 million light-years from Earth in the Ursa Major constellation.
This artist's depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. (Image by David A. Aguilar)
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Super Earths have long lasting oceans?
This artist's depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. David A. Aguilar (CfA)
Retro travel posters from NASA JPL's "Exoplanet Travel Bureau," based on real exoplanets discovered by Kepler. "Relax on Kepler-16b, where your shadow always has company!"
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NASA designs tourism posters for newly discovered planets! Amazing.
Space vacation posters.
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Love these vintage space travel photos from NASA!
John Chumack of Yellow Springs, Ohio captured this lovely image of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 with a telescope and digital camera. Note the green glow around the nucleus, and the delicate streamers of its tail. With a dark sky, the comet is visible to the naked eye or with binoculars. Observers in the northern hemisphere should look just below Orion.
NASA’s MAVEN Mission Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star, HL Tau, using the new high-resolution capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Multiple rings and gaps in the disk around the star herald the presence of emerging planets. Credit: ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ); C. Brogan, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
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Planetary birth revealed in best image yet from world's most powerful telescope ESOcast 69 presents the result of the latest ALMA observations, which reveal extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disc around the young star HL Tauri. (ESO) - Source: Rachel Feltman for The Washington Post)
This image from the Alma radio telescope in Chile gives a glimpse of what our Solar System may have looked like more than four billion years ago. The dark patches may indicate the positions of planets forming out of the dusty disc surrounding a young star called HL Tauri.
Planet-forming disk surrounding HLTau
Astronomers Capture Beautiful Image Of Distant Planets Forming | Popular Science - A glimpse into the birth of solar systems
11.6.2014 Birth of planets revealed in astonishing detail in ALMA’s 'best image ever' - This is an ALMA image of the young star HL Tau and its protoplanetary disk. This best image ever of planet formation reveals multiple rings and gaps that herald the presence of emerging planets as they sweep their orbits clear of dust and gas.
The biggest sunspot in 25 years put on a glorious show of coronal loops as it rotated out of view. It may survive until it rotates back into view next week. This view from NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory combines two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
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Coronal loops on the surface of the sun, October 2014
Coronal loops. The biggest sunspot region in more than two decades produced many impressive solar flares. Just before it disappeared, it also gave us this beautiful display of coronal loops. Coronal loops October 26-29, 2014
"Nultifarious Night Above The Lauder" taken in New Zealand by Petr Horálek. In this multifarious image, look for the Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, a column of pale zodiacal light, green and red southern aurorae, and green lidar beams from NIWA that measure the ozone layer.
Incoming! A strong solar flare from sunspot AR2158 launched a coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth, as photographed in this video from NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). The impact is likely to cause auroras by this weekend. Via SpaceWeather.com.
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A massive solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, can be seen blasting out from the sun's surface after powerful X1.6-class solar flare on September 10, 2014.
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CME Accompanied X1.6 Solar Flare The CME associated with a Sept. 10, 2014, X1.6 flare is visible in this image from the joint European Space Agency and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO
This was our view of the Sun on August 14, 2014 through the calcium-k telescope. It just so happens that we looked at the Sun exactly one year earlier through the same telescope, and the differences we see can tell us a lot.
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A hellacious two weeks on Jupiter's moon Io. Image by Imke de Pater and Katherine de Kleer, UC Berkeley.
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Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period, leading astronomers to speculate that these presumed rare "outbursts," which can send material hundreds of miles above the surface, might be much more common than previously thought. http://www.keckobservatory.org/recent/entry/keck_gemini_observatories_reveal_massive_eruptions_on_io?utm_content=bufferdc1bf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strike | Smithsonian. Credit: Eric Long, James Di Loreto, Donald E. Hurlbert, and Brittany M. Hance.
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Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strike - A new study suggests it wasn't just the asteroid that killed the dinos, but that other factors weakened their ability to survive it
This is an artistic illustration of the gas giant planet HD 209458b in the constellation Pegasus. To the surprise of astronomers, they have found much less water vapor in the hot world’s atmosphere than standard planet-formation models predict. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STScI) and N. Madhusudhan (UC)